RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts featuring Science and Technology

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Boasting nearly 1,000 lots in a variety of genres, RR Auction's June Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale is highlighted by a Science and Technology section that includes a Lunar Module rotational hand controller, letters by Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, rare early computer hardware, and more. Other top lots include Apollo 14 moonwalker Edgar Mitchell's lunar surface-worn backpack strap, a letter by Joseph Stalin with a hammer-and-sickle sketch, a Beatles-signed promo slick for A Hard Day's Night, hand-drawn plans from Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin studio, and signed letters by luminaries like Davy Crockett, Paul Gauguin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Richard Wagner, and Claude Monet. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in June 2019.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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James Van Allen303 - James Van Allen
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Scientist (1914–2006) for whom the Van Allen radiation belts were named following the 1958 Explorer 1 and Explorer 3 satellite missions. Satin-finish
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Wallace & Tiernan High Precision Pressure Gauges Lot of (2)304 - Wallace & Tiernan High Precision Pressure Gauges Lot of (2)
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Pair of two large Wallace & Tiernan Model FA145 high precision pressure gauges, each measuring 10? in diameter and 5? tall, with one marked as &...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Wilcom Model T303B Telephone Signaling Sender305 - Wilcom Model T303B Telephone Signaling Sender
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Wilcom Model T303B telephone signaling sender, measuring 8? x 6? x 8?, housed in a gray plastic carrying case. The lid opens to reveal the power cord
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Steve Wozniak306 - Steve Wozniak
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Felt tip signature featuring Apple's famous slogan, "Think Different, Woz,” on a white 5 x 3 card. In fine condition. Encapsulated in a PSA...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Balloon Mail307 - Balloon Mail
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ALS in French, signed "Ch. Pierret," three pages on two adjoining sheets, the address panel printed with "Par Ballon Monté,"...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Amelia Earhart308 - Amelia Earhart
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Vintage fountain pen signature of the legendary aviatrix, "Amelia M. Earhart,” on an off-white 5 x 3 album page. In fine condition.
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Claude Grahame-White309 - Claude Grahame-White
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Signed book: The Aeroplane in War. First edition. London: T. Werner Laurie, 1912. Hardcover, 6.25 x 9, 244 pages. Signed on the frontispiece in ink,...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Great Moments in Aviation History310 - Great Moments in Aviation History
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Three-plate limited edition color lithograph set entitled ‘Great Moments in Aviation History, numbered 1139/1200, with the two end plates measuring 7.
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Charles Lindbergh311 - Charles Lindbergh
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Signed book: The Spirit of St. Louis. Limited presentation edition, number 819. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. Clothbound hardcover, 5.75 x ...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Howard Hughes312 - Howard Hughes
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Spectacular vintage pearl-finish 8.75 x 6.25 photo of Hughes in the cockpit of his record-breaking monoplane at Newark Airport, boldly signed and insc
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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Orville Wright and Richard E. Byrd313 - Orville Wright and Richard E. Byrd
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Very rare Airplane Model League of America (AMLA) contest check, 8.5 x 3.75, filled out in another hand and signed by Richard E. Byrd as honorary pres
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Astronauts315 - Astronauts
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Outstanding official NASA manual entitled “Apollo Spacecraft News Reference,” prepared by the Space Division at North American Rockwell, 304 pages, 9
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Valery Bykovsky316 - Valery Bykovsky
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Vintage glossy 4 x 6.25 bust-length photo of Valery Bykovsky wearing his military uniform with an array of pins and medals, signed and inscribed in Cy
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Cosmonaut Communications Helmet317 - Cosmonaut Communications Helmet
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Cosmonaut communications helmet consisting of a leather radio headset designed to be worn under the hood of the Sokol spacesuit. The helmet features m
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Cosmonaut Pioneers318 - Cosmonaut Pioneers
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Uncommon 5.5 x 4.25 block of six color stamps honoring significant events in the history of the Soviet Space Program, signed in various ink types by 1
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Yuri Gagarin319 - Yuri Gagarin
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Color vintage 4.25 x 5.75 postcard photo, signed in blue ballpoint. In fine condition.
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Manned Orbiting Laboratory Group 3320 - Manned Orbiting Laboratory Group 3
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Choice official glossy 10 x 8 US Air Force photo of the third group of astronauts for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory project, signed in black felt tip
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Moonwalkers321 - Moonwalkers
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Superb limited edition color 21.5 x 28 print of a painting by R. L. Rasmussen entitled 'Navy to the Moon,' numbered 126/250, showing a Satur...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Orlan-D Space Suit Coverall with Sokol Boots322 - Orlan-D Space Suit Coverall with Sokol Boots
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Coverall garment for the Soviet Orlan-D space suit, with a Velcro-secured neck opening, elastic arm holes, and openings in the front for the suit...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Gus Grissom323 - Gus Grissom
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ALS signed “Virgil I. Grissom,” one page both sides, 8 x 10, Project Mercury letterhead, May 4, 1960. Letter to Ken Browne, in full: "Please ac...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Cece Bibby324 - Cece Bibby
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Limited edition original painting of the Friendship 7, Aurora 7, and Sigma 7 mission emblems, accomplished in acrylic on a 17.25 x 13.25 artist’s canv
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Gus Grissom325 - Gus Grissom
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Two items: a TLS, signed "Virgil I. Grissom," one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, August 1, 1961, addressed to Howard Sharpe, in full: &q...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Alan Shepard326 - Alan Shepard
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Exceptional color glossy 13 x 18.75 photo of the moon looming over a stunning rocket launch and the faint images of Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard an
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Deke Slayton327 - Deke Slayton
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Early ALS signed “Donald K. Slayton, Maj. USAF,” one page both sides, 8 x 10, Project Mercury letterhead, August 10, 1961. Letter to Mr. Browne, in pa
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Gemini 4328 - Gemini 4
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Ballpoint signatures of the Gemini 4 crew, "Best wishes, Edward H. White II, Capt. USAF" and "James A. McDivitt," on individual ...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Gemini and Mercury Astronauts329 - Gemini and Mercury Astronauts
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Exceptional FDC with a cachet honoring John Glenn's first orbital flight in 1962, signed in various inks by John Glenn, Charles Conrad, Scott Ca...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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NASA Astronaut Group 3330 - NASA Astronaut Group 3
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Incredible off-white 2.5 x 3.75 diary page signed in ink or felt tip by 10 astronauts selected as part of NASA's third group of astronauts, incl...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Lunar Module Rotational Hand Controller331 - Lunar Module Rotational Hand Controller
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Extremely desirable Lunar Module rotational hand controller in its gray housing, measuring an overall 6.5? x 10? x 4?, with two 36? umbilical cables e
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Estimates : 50,000.00 - 60,000.00
 
 
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Bill Anders332 - Bill Anders
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Two items: a TLS signed "W. A. Anders," one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, June 10, 1969. Letter to Ken Browne, in full: "Thank you...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Apollo 11333 - Apollo 11
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Official color glossy 10 x 8 NASA photo of Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin at Tranquility Base during the Apollo 11 mission, his visor showing a small
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Apollo 11334 - Apollo 11
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Scarce Apollo 11 'Type 2' insurance Dow-Unicover cover with a cachet honoring the three crew members and the first step on the moon, cancele...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Apollo 11335 - Apollo 11
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Scarce oversized FDC, 9 x 6, with a color cachet and replica plaque honoring the Apollo 11 mission, postmarked July 20, 1969, the date of the Apollo 1
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Apollo 11336 - Apollo 11
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Limited edition flown 1 x .5 piece of coldplate metal used to shield the Command Module Columbia as it carried the Apollo 11 crew to and from the moon
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Apollo 11 Kapton Foil337 - Apollo 11 Kapton Foil
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Large 6.5 x 4.75 swatch of Kapton foil removed from the descent stage of the Lunar Module Eagle mere days before the historic launch of the Apollo 11
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong338 - Neil Armstrong
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Official color 9.5 x 7.5 NASA lithograph of Buzz Aldrin descending the ladder of the Lunar Module Eagle during the Apollo 11 mission, signed and inscr
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong339 - Neil Armstrong
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Hugely desirable official color semi-glossy 8 x 10 red-numbered NASA photo of a full moon, photographed from the Apollo 11 spacecraft during its trans
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong340 - Neil Armstrong
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Limited edition 16.75 x 26.25 lithograph of Neil Armstrong in his flight suit prior to the Apollo 11 mission, numbered 928/1000, signed in pencil by h
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong341 - Neil Armstrong
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Official color 8 x 10 NASA lithograph of Armstrong posing in his white space suit against a lunar background, signed in blue felt tip. In fine conditi
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong342 - Neil Armstrong
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Official color 8 x 10 NASA lithograph of Neil Armstrong posing in his white space suit against a lunar backdrop, signed and inscribed in blue felt tip
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong343 - Neil Armstrong
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Highly desirable FDC with a cachet honoring the 'Moon Stamp' released in 1969, signed in blue ballpoint by Neil Armstrong. In fine condition.
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong344 - Neil Armstrong
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Excellent color glossy 4 x 5.75 NASA postcard photo of Neil Armstrong posing in his white space suit against a lunar backdrop, signed in black felt ti
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong345 - Neil Armstrong
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Ballpoint signature and inscription, "To the Brothers of Texas Theta—With Best Wishes, YITB, Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11,” on an off-white 7 x 4....
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong346 - Neil Armstrong
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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, University of Cincinnati letterhead, August 27, 1976. Letter to Paul P. Hartunian of New Jersey, in full: "Please acce...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong347 - Neil Armstrong
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Belgian souvenir postal sheet featuring a 20F stamp honoring the Apollo 11 astronauts, 3.75 x 5, neatly signed in crisp ballpoint by Neil Armstrong. A
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins348 - Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins
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Oversized commemorative cover, 9 x 6, with a cachet honoring the envelopes that flew aboard the CSM Columbia during the Apollo 11 mission, with metall
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Edgar Mitchell's Apollo 14 Flown Primary Life Support System Backpack Strap349 - Edgar Mitchell's Apollo 14 Flown Primary Life Support System Backpack Strap
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Remarkable flown Primary Life Support System (PLSS) backpack strap used on the lunar surface by Edgar Mitchell during the Apollo 14 mission, measuring
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Estimates : 50,000.00 - 60,000.00
 
 
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Michael Collins350 - Michael Collins
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Superb original 20 x 14.25 watercolor painting by Apollo 11 CMP Michael Collins, identified as 'No. 10' of his 'Where I Fish' series...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Michael Collins351 - Michael Collins
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Terrific original watercolor painting by Apollo astronaut Michael Collins entitled 'T-minus Twelve,' 15.5 x 11.5, which depicts a distant ea...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Jim Irwin352 - Jim Irwin
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Handwritten speech by Apollo 15 moonwalker Jim Irwin, unsigned, six pages, lightly lined, 7.75 x 10.5, no date. Headed "Astrodome," the sp...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Charlie Duke353 - Charlie Duke
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Fascinating ALS signed “Charlie Duke, Apollo Astronaut,” seven pages, 8.5 x 11, January 16, 1984. Lengthy letter that features Duke expatiating on his
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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